created the thread Bad experience with forged aluminum lugs
" Got a stud conversion, then got some aftermarket forged aluminum B Blox extended lug nuts. I was driving down the road and felt a very slight vibration and thought it was probably the road. When I got off on my exit my tire started rubbing pretty badly. At first I thought that my shaved fenders had seperated so I pulled over. When I checked, three of my lugs were gone and the three studs they'd been on had snapped in half. I only had two still holding the rim on. I'm pretty sure that the three lugs came off and the weight of the rim and the wobble from having no lugs, snapped the studs.
Here's what I think happened:
I had no idea that these were aluminum (got them from a a good buddy for free) and had taken them off and on repeatedly (5-6x, maybe more - wheels were tightened and torqued to 90lbs, which may have been high for aluminum) since I've been painting calipers, doing suspension work, shaving fenders, etc. I've been told that when you have aluminum lugs on steel studs the aluminum gets messed up causing actual damage to the steel studs making them possibly come lose.
Any opions or has anyone else dealt with a similiar situation? This could have been really bad had the wheel come completely off with my kids in the car, not to mention I'd been running some logs the night before on a private road - topping out around 140mph.
What are the best steel lugs I can buy - money isn't an issue: "
06-17-2013, 12:03 AM